In June, over 4,000 square dancers from all over the world will visit the area for the National Square Dance Convention. The convention, being held in Georgia for the first time in its 68-year history, will be June 26-29 at the Cobb Galleria Center and Renaissance Waverly Hotel.
A group of 10 dancers from China are in the process of obtaining visas to visit the U.S. for this historic dance convention, along with dozens from Germany and others from around Europe and Australia. Modern Western Square Dancing is called in English worldwide so dancers can travel and dance anywhere.
June has been proclaimed Square Dance Month in Georgia by Gov. Brian Kemp.
“Square Dancing, the Official Folk Dance of the State of Georgia, has a long tradition of providing wholesome entertainment for Georgians of all ages who participate in this exciting and friendly activity,” the proclamation states.
Currently, there are about 50 active square dance clubs in Georgia, each dancing regularly in a community center, school, church or specially constructed dance hall. Dancers dance to recorded music and proceed through intricate sequences of square dance moves, cooperating with others in the eight-person square and prompted by a caller who calls out or sings the next move.
Most clubs have only a few squares of people dancing, but a large square dance like the national convention will see hundreds of squares on a single dance floor dancing together to one caller. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.